As the saying in English goes, “All work and no Play makes Jack a Dull boy”. It has been forgotten that academic learning and sports education complement each other. They resemble the two sides of the same coin. If sports education is carried out accompanied with the academic curriculum, the overall personality of the student is increased to quite an extent. The qualities of the leadership, sharing, team spirit and tolerance are learnt from sports.
Sports education not only teaches the students to maintain the physical stamina, but also the habit of obedience, discipline, the determination to win, willpower, etc. The power of reasoning, mental development, vocational specialisation comes from the academic education of the students. Therefore, sports education along with the academics result in the all-round development of the students.
Now-a-days the system of education makes the students stress more on their mental development and completely rejects the physical activities. The overall outcome of this is that the developing groups of graduates and professionals have weak bodies and poor physique. The curriculum should include sports, games and physical health education for the all-round development of the students.
Sports education should be introduced in schools and colleges with complete sincerity. It also justifies the statement, “a sound mind resides only in a sound body”. A healthy and strong body is not possible without sports and physical activities.
A good sportsman always learns to obey the rules of the games and the comments of their superiors. It also teaches them leadership qualities, maintaining teamwork and displaying team spirit. Sports education trains the students to face defeat with a smile and maintain the humility even in victory. It is the healthiest means of refreshments and recreation.
Any person good in one walk of life automatically gains confidence in others. So if one is good at sports, it follows that their confidence will spill over to academics as well. With confidence on their side, they are motivated to give their best.
Sports Entrepreneurship Management has become very important in today’s age. With sports being introduced in educational curriculum managing it has become a very important aspect. Various companies like IMG, Octagon, RCS Sports help the educational institutions manage the sports related activities.
With the advent of leagues for various sports like cricket, football, hockey and kabaddi in India the money earning capacity for sports people has considerably increased along with making life easier for them. It has also opened newer avenues for livelihood for people not only in India but across the globe.
Sports releases feel-good endorphin which elevates the mood. A good mood is conducive to performing well in other fields because there is peace of mind that allows greater concentration. Sports acts as a great outlet for frustrations of any kind.
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Sports education thus should be taken up on the war footing at schools, colleges and educational institutions for the all-round development of the person which will help them immensely in their lives ahead.
This blog post has been contributed by Jairam Balakrishnan, Director, Pearson Schools, Pearson India
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Gone are the days when the life of a student used to be stress free and the only worry involved was to perform better in exams which would judge the learning parameters of the student. More importance was given to the exam grades and very less to skill development or extra-curricular activities. But the concept of education has changed drastically over a period of time where more focus is given now towards a holistic development of students. These days schools are equally focusing on extra-curricular activities and sports apart from academics to make students all-rounders.
Sports plays an important role in educating students as it teaches them to become strong from inside and also develop a fit and sound body. Combining sports in education can help students to develop a self-motivating spirit to do things on their own and having ownership of these. Being actively involved in sports can help students relax from their daily routine of learning course syllabus and lessen the exam stress as well. It is a great medium to keep the mind, body and soul in sync and maintain a balance between work and play. Day to day practice in sports can help students imbibe leadership skills. Qualities like tolerance, patience and tips to handle pressure is well taught by sports. It also teaches the value of team spirit and proficiency to share victory and defeat.
Sports education has direct impact on maintaining the child’s health and increasing their physical stamina. One of the most important thing that is required in sports is the discipline, which has been derived from the word disciple – follower of a learned teacher. Having coaching in sports helps develop obedience, self-confidence and the ability to determine winning or losing with extreme will power.
Educating students in sports increases the power of reasoning and develops mental growth through constant focus on the current set of activities. Teachers should constantly motivate and appreciate students for their efforts.
Note that a good academic background is an important aspect towards pursuing a career in sports as the education qualification will serve as a supporting pillar in the long run. In sports there can be hits and misses but a good educational backup will help maintain a good lifestyle beside continuing sports. Students should give equal importance to both education and sports and maintain a proper balance to excel in both the areas.
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